Updated: Jul 26
Videos/ Photos provided by clueQuest
clueQuest currently offers 3 DIY Escape Kits titled "Print+Cut+Escape". Here are our thoughts on each individual game:
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: DIY Escape Kits
Size of Team: Unlimited
£12 | Print @ Home
£25 | Print & Post
£22 | Print @ Home - Ep1 & Ep2 Bundle
£45 | Print & Post - Ep1 & Ep2 Bundle
£22 | Print @ Home - Ep2 & Ep3 Bundle
£45 | Print & Post - Ep2 & Ep3 Bundle
£33 | Print @ Home- Trilogy Bundle
£60 | Print & Post - Trilogy Bundle
Date Played: 4/17/20
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7/10
We met clueQuest at last year's ERIC event. The mini game they've created was one of our favorites. We loved that they build their stories around the characters of Mr. Q & Professor BlackSheep because they are simply adorable!
"Stolen IQ" was the first of its print + cut series. You'll be given a link to a website that you can use to watch intro videos, input passwords and use self guided hints. There will be no need to search on any other website as everything you need will be given to you at the time of purchase.
Professor Blacksheep is always planning evil schemes and this time, we suspect that he has capture our agent Lisa Hammerschmidt. clueQuest's signature is their 3D puzzles and we loved to building them. It's a great feeling to be able to see something formulate from a bunch of scrap that had no relation to each other and achieve that "aha" moment. We can't wait to see what Episode has in store for us!
Date Played: 5/18/20
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 8.5/10
We have been patiently waiting for Episode 2 to come out and its finally here! Get your scissor ready for this one as there will be a good amount of cutting. I love origami so this game was right up my alley. For people who don't typically like to print and cut, there's a print & post option.
This time we invited our friends from "Team Bluefish" to join us as they are avid puzzlers as well. We thought by combining forces we should be able to breeze through this one, boy were we wrong. We had some issues visualizing the first puzzle and it took awhile for us to move on. After the first hurtle we were on a roll. It look us a little less than two hours to complete the game but we felt very satisfied at the end.
We love the art work throughout the game. There were definitely some fun moments like the time when we try to "act" out the laser game for no particular reason.
As we've discussed above, this company loved to use 3D visualization for puzzles which were awesome to build out, but definitely raised the difficulty level of the game. Since there's no time limit on the game, definitely enjoy solving the puzzles at your own pace. As for us, Episode 3, we are ready for you!
Date Played: 7/21/20
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7.5/10
Here we go again! Episode 3 is here! In this episode, our mission was to find Professor Blacksheep's lair and shut down his weapon. Good thing we have a great team helping us with this assignment (Agent Crimson, MrQ, Lord Hammerschmdit, MrsQ and escaped scientist Frank Erikson). Of course, we can't forget our partners in crime: scissor, printer, pen and notebook!
Just like the two previous games, we were greeted by an entertaining intro video. This time we were more prepared and pre-cut the materials and placed them in designated piles. This is because we learned from the past experiences that the timer starts right away as you enter the online portal. The difficulty level for this game felt like in between Ep1 and Ep2. We quite enjoyed the balance. One characteristic we noticed in their games was that they always try to incorporate a video game type of feel to the puzzles. Once you "set up" the game board (most of the time with a 3D visual), you'll be able to "move" the pieces accordingly. Another typical thing you'll see in their games would be the "origami" element. In this game, the "cut and fold" parts were not too difficult and we were pleased by the way they were used as puzzle pieces. We have always been a fan of the graphics. The characters were drawn to have a comic book vibe yet the videos make them come to life.
clueQuest is probably one of the quickest companies we've seen during the pandemic to continuously provide online game options for players. In this short amount of time, they've came out with three games but also maintained their quality. We thank them for their hard work and hope they will keep producing these amazing games to keep us entertained. But most importantly, we are very intrigued about what Professor Blacksheep's next evil plan will be!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank clueQuest for providing us with a sample of the game. Although complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.